Archive for February, 2009

SOA Hosts Community Open House

Community Open HouseSchool of Art COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, February 28th 1:00-5:00 PM

Join the students and faculty of Texas Tech University School of Art for our Community Open House. There will be a trolley available for transportation between the main Art Building and the 3D Art Annex every 30 minutes, with the last pickup from the 3D Annex at 4:00 PM.

Ryan Scheckel, Academic Advisor will be available from 1:00 – 4:00 to answer questions about degree programs and courses from prospective students and parents. Art History students and College of Visual & Performing Arts Ambassadors will be hosting information tables at the entrances, with maps available.


Ceramics: Demonstrations will be given by students and faculty in the 3D Annex.

Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing: Demonstrations will be given by students and faculty in the 3D Annex.

Painting: Live, interactive, collaborative art shows will be presented in Art 103 and Art B-09.

Photography: Students will have an ongoing cyanotype workshop (2:00-4:00 PM) and will guide guests through the photography labs.

Printmaking will present 3 two-hour monotype workshops (10 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3 PM). Free, but limited to 12 persons each on a first come basis. The Print Club will have a sale. Proceeds will support student travel to the Southern Graphics Council Conference in March.

Sculpture: Students will be cutting and welding in the embankment shop. An aluminum casting procedure will be conducted in the foundry area. Sculpture studios will be open and BFA work will be on display in Art SB-15 (Sculpture Alternative).


Art Foundations will meet and greet area high school art teachers in Art Room 102 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Student portfolio reviews will be conducted in Architecture 301 beginning at 2:00 PM.

SoA Makes the 2008 President's Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll Again!

Texas Tech University, and four key faculty in particular, were named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This selection to the Honor Roll represents recognition “from the highest levels of the federal government for commitment to service and civic engagement on your campus and in our nation.”tedeschi

This was announced formally today, February 9, 2009, by the Corporation for National and Community Service at their 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, in Washington, DC.  SoA faculty member,  Carla Tedeschi, Associate Professor in Communication Design, helped secure this prestigious award for TTU  for  the second year in a row. She and her students volunteered countless hours at the Lubbock Animal Shelter and prepared numerous public service campaigns that spoke out about animal abuse. Tedeschi explained, “It has been something we have done for years (volunteering at PETA,IDA,SPCA), but when the pitt bull attacks started and the controversy about the shelter happened, we knew we had to do something more to help.”

In addition to Professor Tedeschi, three other TTU professors and their classes across campus completed projects to earn this ensemble award coordinated by Irene Arrellano, TTU  Service Learning Coordinator. Other  professors honored in this award include Laura Lowe, Assistant Professor Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; Heidi Bradley, Associate Professor in Animal Sciences; and  Joaquin Borrego, Associate Professor of Psychology. The entire Honor Roll is available at along with descriptions of the top honorees and other information.

Slaton Speaks Art

The town square in Slaton, Texas, frequently holds visual and performing arts delights. This square is becoming very well known! Several folks from the SoA have found Slaton a nice, little town in which to live—-a close commute to TTU, but Sara Waters, Professor in Art, has slowly but uniquely turned the square, with a little help from her friends, into an art haven with her waterSpace north and waterSpace south. Von Venhuizen, Associate Professor in Art, also has a studio gallery on this square.

Slaton Exhibit- Sara Waters

Slaton Exhibit- Sara Waters


Before Waters found Slaton, Texas, she just wanted space to pursue her research.  In 1996, she began renting in downtown Lubbock, but “wherever the arts are, the rent goes up. ” she explains.

After trying another location in the Depot District, a student suggested she look in Slaton.

Waters found a lovely inverted L-shaped building complete with a small park in front. She began renting one side in 2003, later purchasing both sides of her “marvelous”building in 2005. 

The building had over 5,000 slick, shiny square feet which used to house a furniture store in the 1920’s. The last enterprise in the building was a candle factory (which explained the floors— no longer slick). She named it water Space south. In 2007, another building cater-corner from her first building, caught her eye. She purchased this building naming it water Space north.  Both colleagues and students began using her spaces to exhibit their artistic  endeavors.

Meanwhile, Scotty Hensler, MFA candidate, began promoting arts on the Slaton Square bringing the mayor and local businesses into the picture. In 2007, the Fifth Friday Slaton Art & Music Exhibit was born. More Fifth Fridays have followed in February and October, both in 2008. Another Fifth Friday is planned for 2009.

TTU Alumnus Named Southern Review's First Art Editor

Ryan Burkhart (MFA in Printmaking, 2000) has been named the new Arts Editor for the Southern Review,  which is published at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The Southern Review publishes fiction, poetry, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and excerpts from novels in progress, with emphasis on contemporary literature in the United States and abroad, and with special interest in southern culture and history. Poems and fiction are selected with careful attention to craftsmanship and technique and to the seriousness of the subject matter. It is the 2nd oldest literary journal in the United States. Although the Southern Review has been publishing images by contemporary artists for some time, Ryan Burkhart is the first Arts Editor to be named by the journal.